Kapiti Coast Councillor Jackie Elliott says she’s ‘acutely embarrassed by Council’s actions’over the prosecution of an elderly Otaki couple for felling native trees.
Cr Elliott criticised a statement by fellow councillor Gavin Welsh’s press ‘staff were doing a job that elected members asked them to do ‘ (see story below)
She says: “It is a shock that Cr Welsh seriously believes that staff were asking elected members to decide whether or not to prosecute the residents when they first gave us a briefing on the Oriwa Court (Otaki) case 2 weeks ago.
“KCDC staff had already begun legal proceedings some months ago.
“I am acutely embarrassed by the actions of Council.”